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Is travel better with or without technology?

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31. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

The bad thing about travelling with gadgets, is when you loose them.

Nothing could ruin a great vacation than having your laptop stolen from a locker.
or loosing a camera loaded with PHOTOS...

32. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Post#29#.... What exactly do you with a laptop on holiday?? I've never taken one abroad with me and see no reason ever to do so. However, it's evident that a lot of people would feel lost without one.

33. Posted by CaptainKay (Budding Member 17 posts) 7y

I think that one of the nice things for me about going travelling (obviously it would depend on the person and where they are going and coming from) is to get away from so much technology and strip life down a little bit. Of course its still nice to have technology to e-mail etc but its nice to get away from things and experience life without so much technology. When i went to Ecuador in 2004 I took a mobile phone but it did not work there and I used the internet to talk to people at home and communicate with people who I had met there, but other than that it was nice to just talk to people for a change rather than over the internet, phone, texting....

Saying all this, travel is made easier for us now as we can book pretty much everything online, and get trips sorted very easily. As much as I think that its nice to get away from technology I think that travel has certainly been made easier with the use of it. I think that it has been made better in certain respects... maybe safer, but on a personal level I like to go away to meet people and get away from the hassles, stress/ technology of everyday life :)

Sorry for the rant!

34. Posted by jhongny (Full Member 2 posts) 7y

  1. 6 - do the same as #20 and get a Netbook... there's a lot of choices these days around $300-$400 for a light weight computer.

  1. 20 - very jealous that you're about to start a 2 year trip. I just got back from a year long round the world trip and my mini-laptop was great. Make sure you get Skype installed. In many places it was cheaper to call the country we were in using Skype then to get a SIM card. We did have a cell phone that takes SIM cards so in countries where we staid a while we got the SIM card as well - for calling to confirm reservations or to check for availability - better than lugging all your luggage around up and down a neighborhood.

I wouldn't travel without a Netbook since it makes last minute planning so much easier (and cheaper). Trust me, even with the technology there's still a lot of adventure getting from one place to another. With Skype and a camera on the laptop it was also easy to keep in touch with family back home. As for being a slave to technology, that then just depends on one's own self control.

35. Posted by Lavafalls (Travel Guru 155 posts) 7y

I have debated this issue also. When I travel outside the states i usually don't get a mobile unless i am staying in a place where i have to line up with lots of people that live there. Example is when i am visiting in China where i lived for a long time and have lots of friends that are locals. It is just difficult to meet up with people that are living in an environment.

As for meeting up with other travels. "Here's my email, lets meet at this church/bar/restaurant/guesthouse/intersection at this time." Seems to work perfectly fine.

I do travel with my lap top when i do a city or a shorter trip to one location. Such as i am at the beach in North Carolina right now relaxing, having my laptop is great.

But when i am on the road in a random country and moving towns every couple of days ditch the laptop and cellphone and go. It usually works out. But i am a pretty social guy so i tend not to have problems anywhere.

I do like to travel with a few non-battery-dependent items for recreation like a Frisbee or deck of cards. And i love my mp3 players for long bus rides, the local flavor can get a bit much after 10 hours into a 17 hour bus ride. Also i get car sickness when i read on a bus now.

36. Posted by jennwtb (Budding Member 35 posts) 7y

It is better to travel with technology.. Oh no, I can't imagine myself to traveling without technology.:( It's really too difficult.. But without technology seems good, for those who want "peace of mind".☺☺☺☺☺☻☻

37. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 7y

I definitely prefer travelling without a mobile phone and laptop. Some days, I even wonder about the camera. But I'm 100% grateful to have technology there as a means of planning a trip (if necessary) or to use internet cafes while travelling to keep in touch with people at home.

Like trainrider, I found divesting myself of my mobile phone such a freedom! I liked only being able to contact people when I felt like it. (secretly I hate mobile phones ) The minute you stop somewhere and start working though, you generally find you need to get one again.

I absolutely hate dragging a laptop around with me when I have to travel for work , so I could never imagine bringing one with me if I was backpacking! which is hard for an internet junkie like myself.

But I think if you are serious about travelling and experiencing new cultures, having laptops and mobile phones with you just distract you from the whole experience.....